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The Art of Scalability: Scalable Web Architecture, Processes, and Organizations for the Modern Enterprise

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A Comprehensive, Proven Approach to IT Scalability from Two Veteran Software, Technology, and Business Executives In "The Art of Scalability, " AKF Partners cofounders Martin L. Abbott and Michael T. Fisher cover everything IT and business leaders must know to build technology infrastructures that can scale smoothly to meet any business requirement. Drawing on their unpara ...more
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Published December 1st 2009 by Addison-Wesley Professional (first published November 24th 2009)
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Dave Golombek
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There is a huge amount of information in this book. It's broadly broken down into scalability of people, process, and technology, with a very clear and structured approach all the way through. Each section taught me far more than I expected, given that I live and breath this stuff at work every day (helping grow Lookout from 1000 to 30+ million users and 6 to 160 employees in the last 3.5 years). This book isn't intended to provide all the details about every (or even any) subject it talks about ...more
German Tebiev
Основательный труд, рассматривающий явление масштабирования с разных сторон: люди, процессы, архитектура, железо и прочее. Рекомендую строителям больших информационных систем.
Daniel Korzekwa
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I selected this book because of its content about organizations and processes on technology based companies. I was hoping to find answers and solutions to some issues on technical projects, which didn't have good technical explanations and I must admit that many times, while reading this book, I was catching myself saying 'I wish I read this book earlier'. Great book. I recommend it to every software engineer who wants to know not only how to write some code, but also, how to interact with diffe ...more
Christoph Kappel
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Actually the first parts about how to scale the company and the teams was more interesting that the rest and I have to admit I had to fight a bit to get through it. One of my originals hooks to read this book was the scaling cube, but after reading it I still don't know how to use it.

If I could rate the book in parts I'd give the first parts a solid five and the last parts a three.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extremely useful book that covers so much more about scaling than I thought it would and at a great level of detail. From structuring the company to the process to the tech, and with everything in between, this book is a great resource to learn more about scaling products and maintaining them once live.
Jarred Finney
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Helps with determining costs associated with redundancy and scale. Always better to learn from others mistakes where bottlenecks exist at higher traffic volumes so you can safeguard yourself in the planning phase. Learned how to split databases for scale in a straight ahead approach. Loaded with real world examples.
Antoine Buteau
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would not read this book in isolation of your work. Useful when you have specific use cases that you need to evaluate or problem to fix. On my side I used it for technical due diligence for large investment funds.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book changed the way that I think about managing my team. The phrase "management is measurement" is repeated several times throughout, and it has rung true for my experience so far. I think actively growing teams will get the most use out of this book, but the themes are relevant for everyone. ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has wide and deep information and is a great manual for thinking about systems (people and tech) at scale. It feels a bit outdated at times and sufferes a bit from overselling the basics, but regardless is as comprehensive a reference as I've encountered. ...more
Richard Klein
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: computer-science
This took me a long time to get through, but it was absolutely worth it. The material is a little out of date being 9 years old. However, this is a must read for anyone doing software architecture.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizz
A "wow" book to understand what it really means to scale. ...more
Ernestas Poskus
May 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Way too enterprise, nevertheless the book has good material on how to manage infrastructure components, teams and plan for scalability.
Geoffrey Kerr
Solid but a bit long

Covers all aspects of scale, which is unique. Last chapters repeat points too much and drag a little. Still highly recommended.
Oct 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Gute Einführung der AKF in die technische und betriebsorganisatorische Realisierung von Verfüg- und Skalierbarkeitszielen. Abbotts Darstellung der verschiedenen Dimensionen einer Scaling-Lösung an den Achsen eines Würfels ist sehr elegant: Beim "Scale Cube" liefern Maschinen auf der X-Achse Redundanz, auf der Y-Achse vertikal partitionierte Daten (zB. Columns/Services) und auf der Z-Achse horizontal partit. Daten (Shards) ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for software architects or engineering directors/managers. While I expected a lot of technical stuff I was positively surprised with part dedicated to organizational structures and processes. It helped me to see how the technological part is connected with how a company works.

The architecture part is good too. It is based on author's experiences and it is realistic. It is not just a description of an ideal world but there is an understanding that there are often many tradeoffs and
Enterprise is a keyword of the book title. The book go over a lot of topics in the modern company management. You will not find one big idea of the book, more like many small ideas in each chapter.
Which is down side for me as it is hard to go through the book where chapters have little relations to each other.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: computer-science
The book describes about scalability of the systems and the methods used to scale. What I like about it, that it has examples shown.
However, I have not thought that it would also include scalability of organizations.
Mayank Jaiswal
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An fantastic read for anyone dealing with scalabilty
Vitaliy Zhhuta
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
very good book about origination and scalable architecture
Ahmed Mohamed
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very good book for those who are interested in scalability in the enterprise.
Rejeev Divakaran
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: programming
This book talks about other things than Scalability!
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